Growing Up Green: The Importance of Teaching Your Children About Sustainability

By: Kay Carter

As a parent, you probably understand the importance of teaching your child to care for the environment. At the same time, however, you may feel that the concept of sustainability can be a bit too complicated for your young child to understand. If you’re struggling with how you can help your child understand the benefits of a clean and sustainable environment, you’ve come to the right place. Here are a few ways you can teach your children about sustainability.

Visit a Local Farmer’s Market
Farmer’s markets are much more than fruit and vegetable stands. These markets are first-hand examples of sustainability because many local farmers use sustainable farming practices to grow the foods they sell to the community. Take a trip to a nearby market with your child to show them the positive effects of organic farming (and bring a reusable bag along to fit all of your groceries).

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Reduce Energy Consumption
Most children probably don’t think anything of leaving lights on in the home or taking a long shower. Teaching your child about the importance of energy consumption can help them see the big picture of how wastefulness can harm the environment. Remind your children that all lights should be turned off when not in use and appliances should be used in eco-friendly mode whenever possible. Additionally, encourage them to take shorter showers and turn the water off when brushing their teeth.

Avoid Single-Use Items
Did you know that there are reusable alternatives to many of the single-use items you have in your home? You can teach your kids early on how to use items that can be reused and recycled. For example, instead of using plastic grocery bags at the store, educate them on bringing a reusable bag with them every time they go. Do your children drink out of plastic water bottles? Give them a metal canteen to reuse and a metal straw to drink out of, instead.

Purchase Environmentally Friendly Products for Your Home
Many of the products in your home may not be good for the environment. You can set a good example for your children by purchasing eco-friendly cleaning products and explaining the benefits of these items. Soaps, furniture, mattresses, and pillows can all be purchased without chemicals that can harm the environment. The key is to know where to look and what to look for. Sharing this information with your children will allow them to be more mindful when looking for products as well.

Encourage Active Time Outdoors
Not only can spending time outside be good for your children’s health, but it’ll also give them a chance to learn more about the environment. If you give your children the chance to develop a healthy relationship with the outdoors, they’ll be more inclined to care about issues that could negatively impact the environment. Spending active time outdoors could also result in your child growing up to prefer walking or biking over driving.

With the help of the tips above, you can help your child understand why a sustainable environment is so important. Not only will this knowledge help your child make positive contributions to the world around them, but it’ll also help promote a cleaner world for everyone.

Rainbow Wedding Blog

Hello Blog Readers,

Happy Friday! How the days are just flying by, it’s unbelievable. I just recently attended Basic Rights Oregon’s LGBT Wedding Expo on behalf of ecoShuttle and I had a great time (http://www.kgw.com/lifestyle/Portland-hosts-same-sex-wedding-expo-139657403.html). We had a drawing for 6 hours of free wedding transportation and the lucky winner was Christoph Long. Christoph and his partner are getting married in 2013 and we are so happy to be working with them on their wedding transportation. Congratulations, guys!  Continue reading Rainbow Wedding Blog

Good News, Bad News

Hola Blog Readers,

It looks like summer is finally here!  I hope you’re all able to enjoy it.  In this week’s blog I want to look at some positive as well as some negative developments involving the health of our planet.

First off, let’s check in with the Bad News Bear:  Continue reading Good News, Bad News

Odds and Ends

 

                Hey Gang!

                I hope you all had an excellent 4th of July!  I survived it.  We enjoyed moving the Blues Fest musicians around for our 5th straight year.  Our next festival is Pickathon (http://pickathon.com/), and we’re gearing up for that in August. Continue reading Odds and Ends

Waterfront Blues Fest

 

This year’s Waterfront Blues Festival will mark ecoShuttle’s 5th year sponsoring the event (http://www.waterfrontbluesfest.com/).  The company is sponsoring headliner Maceo Parker (http://maceoparker.com/), which means someone from the company will get to introduce his set!  Maceo started out playing with James Brown, and then he played with George Clinton’s Mothership.  After that collaboration, he teamed up with another former Parliament member, Bootsy Collins in his group, Bootsy’s Rubber Band.  We’re excited to see this guy! Continue reading Waterfront Blues Fest

Ban studded tires. Please.

 

Portland activist Jeff Bernards invested $10,000 of his own money to start a campaign to ban studded tires in Oregon this last January.  Groups opposing the ban recently saw their coffers expand by $100,000 as tire companies join the fray.  I think the ban is a good idea. Continue reading Ban studded tires. Please.

Pickathon, Sharks, etc.

 

I was just checking out the lineup for Pickathon, and I must say I am impressed!  The annual indie roots music festival will be entering its 13th year when it takes place August 5th through the 7th in Happy Valley, Oregon.  As you may or may not know, ecoShuttle is a sponsor of Pickathon, and we will be offering transportation to the event from the Clackamas transit center to the Pickathon ticket gates.  Continue reading Pickathon, Sharks, etc.

Two Paths Emerge, Take the Green Path!

 

Traveling responsibly is not only popular among Oregonians; it’s also the right thing to do.  Now ecoShuttle is making it even easier for travelers coming into, and out of Portland.  So now you’re wondering, “Mark, how can ecoShuttle make it any easier than they already have for us to get in, out, or around the Portland area without having to strangle Mother Earth?”  Wait for it….  BAM!  ecoShuttle has recently acquired a Green Path Transfers franchise for Portland! Continue reading Two Paths Emerge, Take the Green Path!

Plastic Bags Heading for Extinction?

Hooray for Italy.  Italy is the latest country to have banned plastic shopping bags, and the ban went into effect on January 1st of this year.  The bag ban gained steam after a grass-roots movement submitted petitions from over 100,000 Italians to their government.  Several large Italian cities had already imposed a ban on the bags, so it didn’t take much political capital for Italy to require stores to use biodegradable bags.  Italy’s actions will reduce Europe’s usage of over 100 billion plastic bags annually by 20%.  Outstanding!  Continue reading Plastic Bags Heading for Extinction?